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MINUTES OF THE 29TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ENGINEERING

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									          MINUTES OF THE 29TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE
              ENGINEERING PROFESSIONS ASSOCIATION HELD AT
                  THE BAUERNSTUBE FAMILY RESTAURANT
                       ON 27 OCTOBER 2005 AT 18:00


EPA COUNCIL MEMBERS

PRESENT:

S Tekie                           President
F Jeske                           Vice-President
H Weinert                         Electrical Discipline
J Hennes                          Namit division
E Albrecht                        Technical Discipline
U C Wilson                        Administration / Secretary


EPA MEMBERS

PRESENT:

B Rust                    P Heyns                 G Brettschneider        G Seydack
G Diehl                   H Lerch                 J Lamprecht

APOLOGIES:

H Oberprieler                     R O’Malley              A van der Merwe
H Dedekind                        A Raw                   F Biederlack
F Marx                            N Theron


1.        WELCOME AND OPENING

          The President, Ms. S Tekie, opened the 29th Annual General Meeting at 18:10 and
          welcomed all members present.

2.        APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

          Ms. S Tekie read the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting. The minutes
          were approved as being a true reflection of the proceedings of the previous AGM on
          the proposal of Mr. P Heyns and seconded by Mr. H Weinert.

3.        MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

          No matters arose from the previous AGM minutes.

4.        PRESIDENT’S REPORT

          Ms. S Tekie presented her president’s report, a copy of which is attached hereto. In
          her report she touched on the various events that had taken place during the year,
          i.e. The Young Engineers Construction Project (Bridge Building Competition), the
          EPA Golf Day and the situation regarding the bursary schemes administered by the
          EPA.
          Referring to the recent publicity in newspapers regarding her position at the Roads
          Authority she explained that until the findings of the commission of enquiry had been
          made public no reports could be regarded as official.
5.   FINANCIAL REPORT

     Mr. F Jeske presented the financial report for the year March 2004 to February 2005.
     From the draft financial statements, a copy of which was handed to all present, it was
     evident that expenditure exceeded income. Income had dropped mainly due to
     shrinking membership, low membership fees and lack of income through other
     sources like seminars or workshops. Mr. F Jeske stressed that Council was reluctant
     to increase membership fees at this stage as the EPA needed to offer their members
     something meaningful in return. He was of the opinion that only once the
     Engineering Council of Namibia instituted a compulsory CPD programme, the EPA
     could play an important role in facilitating training courses.
     Mr. G Seydack commented that a lot of assets were tied up as “receivables” and that
     it was questionable whether the EPA would receive these. This matter needed
     attention to be resolved.
     The Financial Statements as presented were approved on the proposal of Mr. H
     Weinert, seconded by Mr. G Diehl.

6.   ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS

     Only one nomination for council member was received, i.e. that of Mr. G Seydack to
     serve in the position of Honorary Secretary. Mrs. S Tekie added that she was
     awaiting confirmation from a further member who was prepared to serve on council.
     The following council members offered to continue serving in the respective positions:

     President                       S Tekie
     Vice-President                  F Jeske
     Electrical Discipline           H Weinert
     Technical Discipline            E Albrecht
     NAMIT                           J Hennes
     Honorary Secretary              G Seydack

     The President, Ms S Tekie thanked all council members for offering their services for
     yet another year.

7.   MATTERS ARISING FROM PRESIDENT’S REPORT

     No matters were raised under this item.

8.   GENERAL

     Mr. G Seydack raised the question as to when the ECN would introduce the CPD
     (Continued Professional Development) programme and whether this would be
     included in the amended Engineering Act. It was agreed that the finalisation of the
     Act with the inclusion of the CPD matter should be speeded up. The meeting further
     agreed that the level of CPD training should be compatible with the standards
     required in South Africa.

     Mr. P Heyns commented on the lack of young engineers joining the EPA as
     members. He proposed that efforts should be increased to improve the image of the
     association by disseminating more information on a regular basis and by more
     interaction with other instances. He also proposed that local engineers should be
     encouraged more to publish papers.

     Mr. H Lerch expressed concern about the standard of tertiary education for
     engineers in this country and about the fact that too few students studying at South
     African universities returned to Namibia after completion. It was generally agreed
     that the competency level of young engineers should be raised.



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9.   CLOSURE

     There being nothing further to discuss Ms. S Tekie thanked all members present for
     attending the meeting and invited them with their partners for a social dinner.

     The meeting closed at 19:10.




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         PRESIDENT                                     VICE-PRESIDENT




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         DATE




     Attached:      President’s report
                    Financial Statements




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